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Configure IIS / OWA for Exchange 2007

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I've configured IIS / OWA for Exchange 2003 many times but never on Exchange 2007 on SBS2008. Found many articles but the screenshots they provide don't seem to relate to what I'm seeing on my server.
Eg: Followed one article which advised the first step is to enter the internal & external URLs in Client Access within Exchange Management Console. I'm not clear if I can choose what to enter as the internal url or if it has to be something specific. Anyhow, I entered "https://webmail.<my-internal-domain-name>.local/owa" but on attempting to browse to this url from a workstation I get "This page cannot be displayed".
Other articles advise to then launch IIS Manager. I have both IIS Manager and IIS 6.0 Manager. In IIS Manager, the screens look nothing like those shown in any illustrations I can find: Along the top, I have File, View & Help rather than File, Action, View, Window & Help. On the console tree, on expanding my server name, I have Application Pools, FTP Sites & Sites. Within 'Sites' I do have 'Default Web Site' but this doe not contain an item called "OWA" which all illustrations say it should. There is however an OWA entry under SBS Web Applications, but this does not have a Properties tab.
In IIS 6.0 Manager, I do have File, Action, View, Window & Help along the top, but expanding my server name only shows 'FTP Sites' with a red cross.
Must be doing something wrong??!
Finally just to be sure, can anyone confirm my certificate is installed ok? In SBS2008 Console, Under Network/Connectivity, View Certificate Properties shows the certificate as being issued to remote.myexternaldomain.com and issued by myservername-myinternaldomainname-CA. Nothing I need to change here?
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The articles you are reading are wrong.
Anything that tells you to make modifications to IIS or the URLs within Exchange are not written for Exchange 2007 on SBS 2008. The key point being here that it is SBS 2008.
SBS 2008 does things differently and as such care has to be taken when working with the server - basically you need to use the SBS console to do configuration.

You need to use the wizards within the SBS console. If the server hasn't been setup correctly that could mean running the wizards a number of times as they could break.
If you suspect they may have been run, then use the fix my network wizard in the SBS console.

SSL certificates should also be enabled through the SBS console.

Get hold of the SBS BPA (the SBS DIVA has links here: http://sbsbpa.com/) that will also help you configure the server correctly.

Simon.
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Right: Will give this a try but will be into next month now before I get a chance,
Cheers, Lauren
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I downloaded & unzipped the BPA I found at that link, but on trying to run it got message that it was incompatible. I've attached a screenshot.
I've also gone ahead and bought a certificate from an issuing authority and installed it on the SBS2008 server. I had a conundrum during this process, as at the stage where I have to "Select the server software used to generate the csr" there are options for IIS 5.x to 6.x & IIS 7.x & later. As both are available on my server, which should I choose?
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You don't have more than one option on the server - it is IIS 7.

You downloaded the wrong BPA.
This is the one you want for SBS 2008:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=130639

Simon.
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